Governor Cuomo Announces New
Lights Out New York Initiative
Marking a victory for New York State's migratory birds, Governor Cuomo's office has announced a new Lights Out New York initiative, which will bring migrant-friendly practices promoted by NYC Audubon’s Lights Out program to all state-owned properties across New York State. Thanks to efforts by Audubon New York in Albany, state-owned and managed buildings will turn off non-essential outdoor lighting from 11pm to dawn during peak spring and fall migration. Read more here.
The Governor's office also launched www.iloveny.com/birding, which will provide visitors with information on birding and how to participate in the new Lights Out initiative.
D-Bird Goes Mobile
NYC Audubon is proud to announce a major update to D-Bird, our crowd-sourced bird mortality data collection tool: D-Bird reports can now be submitted from a mobile device!
When a user visits www.d-bird.org/ on their smartphone browser, they will be able to click a button that provides their current location, date, and time. This way, as soon as a user finds a dead or injured bird they can file a report on the spot in the most simple and accurate way possible. Please bookmark http://www.d-bird.org/ on your smartphone browser so that you can be ready to submit a report. Visitors to the desktop version of D-Bird will also notice that the reporting form has received a facelift – the data entry process is now more streamlined and intuitive.
Since its launch last year, D-Bird has collected 294 reports of dead or injured birds in the city – a saddening statistic, to be sure, but one that is loaded with valuable information. Now you have the power to help us make the City a safer place for birds! Click here to see an interactive map of D-Bird results and to learn more about Project Safe Flight.
First New York City Bald Eagle Nest
in Over 200 Years Confirmed
New York City Audubon is very happy to report that a nesting pair of Bald Eagles has been confirmed on the South Shore of Staten Island. The female eagle appears to be incubating eggs, according to local Staten Island birders, who have nicknamed the birds “Vito and Linda.” The presence of breeding Bald Eagles in New York City is a testament to the success of the environmental conservation movement in cleaning up New York's waterways and wild habitats, and is cause to celebrate for all New Yorkers.
Following an unusual winter during which Bald Eagles were spotted in all five boroughs of the City, a pair of eagles was reported to be nest-building off of Staten Island’s north shore in early February. This pair did not stay to breed, but a second pair on the South Shore has now “stuck the landing.” After building a “practice nest” at the site in 2014, the birds returned this spring to a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation property on Staten Island's South Shore. (The exact site is undisclosed, in order to protect the birds from disturbance.)
NYC Audubon is thrilled that America’s iconic national bird is staying to nest within the five boroughs, for the first time in as much as a century. The presence of Bald Eagles in New York City is a testament to the success of the environmental conservation movement in cleaning up New York's waterways and habitats, and in banning environmental contaminants, particularly DDT in 1972. Only one pair of eagles was known to nest in all of New York State in 1960, compared to 173 pairs counted in 2010—and the population is growing. The eagles’ decision to stay and breed in New York City is a reminder that when ecosystems are healthy, wildlife returns. Bald Eagles are back—for now—and New Yorkers should celebrate, cherish, and continue to protect them.
Of note from the NY State DEC: “If you see someone harassing or injuring an eagle, or if you spot destruction of eagle habitat or find an injured or dead eagle, report it at once to DEC's Wildlife Diversity Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754, 518-402-8920.” More on the NYS DEC's Bald Eagle Program can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9381.html.
Top Banner Photo Credits: Atlantic puffins © U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service*; group of birders © Kati Solomon; all others © Francois Portmann.
Bottom Photo Credits: Great-horned Owl © François Portmann; European Bee-Eaters © Dorit Bar-Zakay*.
* This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License, available at creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0.
A Bird's-Eye View of Israel
By Dan Alon, Noam Weiss, Jonathan Meyrav, and Amir Balaban
Monday, May 11, 6pm
The Arsenal, Central Park, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, Third-Floor Gallery. Free and Open to the Public
Israel is a truly incredible place for birds and birding. Half a billion birds pass through Israel twice a year, making it the second largest migratory flyway in the world. Over 540 species of birds have been recorded in Israel, a country the size of New Jersey. From the snow-covered peak of Mount Hermon in the north, through the low-lying Dead Sea Valley and south to the granite peaks of the Eilat Mountains, Israel boasts an avifauna that is second only to the tropics. Join distinguished birders from the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) Dan Alon, Noam Weiss, Jonathan Meyrav, and Amir Balaban as they discuss birding, the miracle of migration, and work being done to protect and provide for birds in Israel.Click here to learn more
Christmas Bird Count Results Now Available
New York City's 115th annual Christmas Bird Count is a wrap! The Count took place from December 14 to January 5, and final tallies for New York City are available for download! Altogether, there were over 189,000 individual birds counted in 157 species, noticeably higher than the 148 species counted last year! Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's counts in NYC.
Click here to view full results and interesting highlights from the City's five boroughs.
Visit NYC Audubon's blog, Syrinx, to see current updates on our work.